Lipoic Acid is Vital
Alpha-lipoic acid (aka thioctic acid) is a vital, proven antioxidant supplement for anyone over 40, or anyone with a blood sugar condition of any kind. This helps cure diabetes and blood sugar disorders, along with diet and exercise. The more you read about lipoid acid the more convinced you are of its many benefits. One in three American children will grow up diabetic. Americans have very high blood sugar and insulin levels overall.
We get almost no lipoic acid at all in our food. It occurs as lipolylysine, and not actual lipoic acid itself. You'll never get any realistic amount out of food. This is then converted to dihydrolipoic acid during digestion. The lipoic acid of commerce occurs as the racemic (containing both isomers) R- and S- forms (these are mirror images). Some internet ads claim you should buy their overpriced R-only form. They falsely claim the commercial R/S-lipoic acid is somehow ineffective. In reviewing the studies, nearly every single one of them uses regular, normal racemic R,S- lipoic acid. That's right; all the clinical studies use plain, regular old lipoic acid. The whole R-only pitch is a scam by companies such as Life Extension. Please don't get your medical education from Internet advertisements, no matter how persuasive they sound on the surface. The deeper you look into the clinical studies on lipoic acid, the more effective you see it is. This is a very effective and proven antioxidant free radical scavenger. Free radicals increase very much as we age. Lipoic acid not only helps alleviate diabetes, but also insulin resistance (read the Insulin Resistance article). This means our cells no longer react well to normal amounts of insulin, and insulin levels go up severely to try to compensate for this. Also, read my book The Natural Diabetes Cure. Blood sugar dysfunction is now epidemic in Americans, especially those over 40 years of age. Few people even realize they are insulin resistant, and therefore pre-diabetic. Take 400 mg twice a day (1 AM and 1 PM) for a year if you have a serious condition. 1 in 3 American children will now grow up diabetic! This statistic is hard to comprehend. We have failed as a culture. Read the Sugar is Sugar article. We eat 160 pounds of sugars a year.
The journal BioFactors (v 10, 1999) published a study from the Eberhard-Karls University in Germany. Doctors there found that lipoic acid improved insulin resistance, normalized blood sugar levels, and helped cure diabetes. They gave real adult human diabetics (600 mg) doses of regular lipoic acid for only 10 days and improved insulin sensitivity an amazing 27%. When they gave them 1,000 mg the insulin sensitivity was improved a surrealistic 51%!!! They did this in only ten days! This is far, far more than any pharmaceutical drug anywhere on earth, at any cost, could possibly do. These are real human studies folks, using generic lipoic acid, with no commercial funding, at a major university in Germany with 39 citations. Yet doctors keep handing out dangerous, toxic, prescription drugs like glucophage. Proven natural supplements such as lipoic acid, beta glucan, vitamin D, CoQ10, and All Your Minerals® are far more effective, cheaper, and safer. You do not need large doses, and 400 mg is very effective. We sell 60 capsules of 400 mg lipoic acid for $9.95. Five dollars a month to improve insulin resistance, blood sugar dysmetabolism, diabetes, and scavenge free radicals effectively- 17 cents a day. That's a deal.
Postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome were given lipoic acid for six months with no change in diet or lifestyle (Trials v 14, 2013). Not only did their insulin sensitivity improve, but their triglycerides fell, their HDL (good) cholesterol rose, and their waist circumfrence was reduced. Imagine what they could have done with better diet, exercise, more supplements, and basic hormone balance.
The journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (v182, 2002) published a review done at UCLA in California, complete with 78 citations. This is a very technically written and hard to read review. The bottom line is that there are many proven benefits to lipoic acid supplementation, in addition to just blood sugar and insulin metabolism. The antioxidant effects are far ranging, and improve the metabolism of our three main antioxidant enzymes SOD, glutathione and catalase. There are hundreds of such studies like this proving the powerful properties in not just test animals, but real people. Insulin resistance is now an epidemic in America. Free radicals are the main cause of aging. Lipoic acid helps with both these conditions. Anyone over the age of 40 should add this to their regimen. Our lipoic acid is a full 400 mg. Read my book The Natural Diabetes Cure to get an overview on this. There is an entire chapter devoted to lipoic acid.